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Cyndi MacMillan's first mystery will be published by Crooked Lane Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, Spring 2023. The book (working title, 'Dirty Little Secret) could be described as 'Jane Erye meets The Da Vinci Code.'  It is a genre-blending gothic suspense, and the main character is an art conservator hired to solve a cold case.  

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/720350/dirty-little-secret-by-cyndi-macmillan/9781639103256


Cyndi's "life as a writer' blogs can be read at  https://cyndimacmillan.wordpress.com/  Three of her poems have been published in Room magazine, issue 49.4, This Body's Maps, https://roommagazine.com/issues/bodys-map  Two poems have been published in the Prairie Journal ( Issue 67)http://www.prairiejournal.org/subscribe.html   Other poems can be found in Fieldstone Review, Issue 2015 http://www.fieldstonereview.usask.ca/article.php?article=167, Grain Magazine, issue 42.4, Summer 2015, Passed Signs/New Fields http://www.grainmagazine.ca/424  , The Steel Chisel, April 2016, http://www.thesteelchisel.ca/april2016_07.html.  The Centrifugal Eye, Spring 2016, the Unformed issue  http://www.centrifugaleye.com/ . She participated in the 20 Poem Challenge at The Ekphrastic Review: Writing and Art on Art and Writing, and thirteen of her poems have been published by the journal.http://www.ekphrastic.net/apps/search?q=Cyndi+MacMillan.

Her short fiction has appeared in local newspapers and has won contests. Her short story, Missed Steps, has been published by the Windsor Review  https://view.joomag.com/windsor-review/0830468001484586649 . She enjoys reading literary journals, and she will continue to occasionally submit work to poetry magazines.  But right now, her attention is focused on her next novel. 

Poetry soup is a friendly forum which enables people from around the world to share their writing. It has some great resources and provides a nice space for people to connect.

Cyndi lives in a small town in Ontario with her husband, young daughter and far too many books.

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A WRITER'S DREAM COME TRUE

Blog Posted:7/19/2022 7:17:00 AM

Well, my book is available for preorder, though it doesn't have a cover yet, and  the title hasn't been finalized.  (Though I believe the likelihood is that we will keep 'Dirty Little Secret')

Over the next few weeks, the book designer will be crafting my jacket, and those with NETGALLEY memberships will be able to read my book for free (with the hope/expectation that they will review my work and vote on my cover.)

It's an exciting but nervewracking time for me.  We hear "Don't judge a book by it's cover" but readers absolutely get a first impression by a novel's cover art.  

My ARCs won't be ready til late fall, and I have tons of promoting work to do between now and spring.  Meanwhile, I am hard at work on my second mystery and I feel poetry's pull daily.  

As soon as my cover is ready to be revealed, I'll share it with you all.  I'm looking forward to my book being reviewed by Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and bestselling authors, but I'm also nervous too.  

If you'd like to read my blurb or preorder my book:

https://www.amazon.com/Dirty-Little-Secret-Cyndi-MacMillan-ebook/dp/B0B5Z19KQ5/ref=sr_1_10?crid=13C2XY6VHDRUR&keywords=cyndi+macmillan&qid=1658239425&sprefix=%2Caps%2C66&sr=8-10

Canadian may prefer:
https://www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/720350/dirty-little-secret-by-cyndi-macmillan/9781639103263

Life is still crazy busy--parenting, working outside the home, promoting my first book, trying to keep the laundry pile from leaping on me like 'The Blob.'  I'm also working on my second mystery as I try not to obsess about my cover!  

So, I'd thought I'd ask soupers, what covers of books have you really loved?  What covers of books have you hated?  (I prefer most original covers and I don't really like movie tie-ins). 
Feel free to share a title of a book.  I want to see what you like!  Happy writing everyone. :)




 



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Date: 7/24/2022 6:07:00 PM
Wow. So wonderful - Congratulations. God bless you. Love, Gina
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Date: 7/23/2022 7:24:00 AM
Cyndi congratulations, you are working towards your goal and dream with determination and you will achieve it, blessings ~ Constance
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Date: 7/22/2022 11:10:00 AM
Regarding your cover. Colour is usually dictated by the genre. Like food on a blue or black plate looks anemic, yellow or green makes it pop. Seeing as you are going to write future novels (in the same genre, I presume) it would be an idea to investigate a set theme to be followed through to the other publications. A good graffic designer would be worth his weight in gold at this planning stage. You might also Google the psychology behind the jacket design and the latest trends. I personally prefer minimalistic design for my books and the covers and titles tie in with the contents. Keep us posted. :))
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Date: 7/21/2022 11:14:00 AM
Exciting news indeed Cyndi! Congratulations! You have scaled a high mountain into rarified air! All the best.
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Date: 7/21/2022 8:45:00 AM
Exciting news Cyndi! Congrats!
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Date: 7/19/2022 9:50:00 PM
Congratulations, Cyndi. This is a great achievement.
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Date: 7/19/2022 9:29:00 AM
A big moment! Warmest congratulations, Cyndi
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Date: 7/19/2022 9:21:00 AM
Congratulations, Cyndi! I am so proud of you. I know what all is involved in a book's acceptance and publication. You are to be soundly commended. Keep us up-to-date on the progress. Many folks here on Soup are interested in publishing.
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Date: 7/19/2022 7:37:00 AM
How very exciting and wonderful for you Cyndi ! Big congratulations ! Susan :)
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Date: 7/19/2022 7:22:00 AM
Congratulations, Cyndi!
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My Past Blog Posts

 
A WRITER'S DREAM COME TRUE
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POET PUB: LET THERE BE LIGHT... (and poetics, friendly disagreements, shared observations and hot apple cider...)
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5 PROOF BLOG. IF YOU ENTERED A POEM, PLEASE READ THIS. JOIN IN ON THE DISCUSSION.
Date Posted: 2/25/2016 11:16:00 AM
POET PUB, TONIGHT'S SPECIAL: EXTRA TENDER, EASY TO DIGEST
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CONTEST: 5 PROOF: FREE VERSE THAT SHOWS IT AIN'T NO PROSE
Date Posted: 12/23/2015 6:30:00 AM
A CLOSER LOOK AT PUNCTUATION. SOME, PLENTY, NONE.
Date Posted: 5/25/2015 10:05:00 PM
WORK WORK WORK! WAY TO GO! AND HOW TO USE AN ELLIPSIS.
Date Posted: 5/16/2015 8:51:00 AM
FARMHOUSE: Uncommon word pairings poem #2
Date Posted: 4/9/2015 6:02:00 PM
WHATTA PAIR YOU GOT THERE: A WORKSHOP ON IMAGERY AND WORD PAIRINGS
Date Posted: 4/7/2015 9:30:00 PM
MEMORIAL TRIBUTE ON THE CONTEST PAGE: A WORD COLLAGE FOR CHAN. PLEASE, Take up the challenge. <3
Date Posted: 11/10/2014 9:30:00 AM
A LOVE-IN & WAKE FOR CHAN. ALL SOUPERS WELCOME. PLEASE ADD SOMETHING.
Date Posted: 11/9/2014 10:03:00 AM
How I judge Contests by Cyndi MacMillan
Date Posted: 9/10/2014 9:58:00 PM
A RESPONSE FROM MAUREEN HYNES
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10/20/2017 DINNER GUEST: ME Free verseemotions,longing,rude,
9/20/2017 TOOTHSOME Free verselife,poetry,writing,
9/5/2017 THE SAN ANTONIO NIGHT CROSSING Free versechange,death,immigration,
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6/18/2017 FETAL POSITION IN THE ER Sestinadeath,heartbreak,my child
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6/4/2017 I'D RATHER WRITE ABOUT Free versepoetry,writing,,memorial,
5/19/2017 The Palm-Chats of Jalousie, Haiti Free verseanalogy,bird,humanity,lif
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11/18/2016 WE, NASTY WOMEN Ekphrasisallegory,history,politica
5/22/2016 THE CHRONICLES OF A PHONOPHOBIC Free versefear,life,people,
5/6/2015 TAIL SPIN, REVISED Free versecourage,fear,love hurts,
11/10/2014 CHAN Free versefriend,goodbye,
1/31/2014 JOURNEY COMPANIONS: THE FRIEND SONNETS PART II Sonnetfriend,hero,places,poetry
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Chamber Music Chopped Blank versemusic,
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Onward Christian Soldiers Rhyme 
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Release Free verseencouraging,grief,hope,st
BEYOND TEARS Rhymechild,encouraging,hope,,L
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Dewberry Cobbler Haibungrowing up,
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